Ex-Bournemouth man Charlie Daniels sets out Championship ambition - from Portsmouth and personal perspective

Charlie Daniels has set out his ambitions to play in the Championship once again.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 6:00 am
Charlie Daniels in action on his Pompey debut. Picture: Joe Pepler
Charlie Daniels in action on his Pompey debut. Picture: Joe Pepler

And the left-back admits it would be 'amazing’ to do so at a sold-out Fratton Park as he made it clear he’s come to Pompey for promotion.

Daniels arrived at the Blues on Saturday after spending the first half of the season with Shrewsbury.

The ex-Bournemouth man proved he’s over his injury problems by making 16 appearances for the Shrews.

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Following the expiry of his short-term deal at New Meadow, Daniels was snapped up by Kenny Jackett for the remainder of the campaign.

He made his debut in last night's 1-0 defeat against Lincoln, coming off the bench with nine minutes remaining.

For the past five seasons, Daniels was a Premier League player and made more than 100 top-flight outings for the Cherries.

Despite being 34, the ex-Tottenham man is still hungry to play as high a level as possible.

Although he hasn’t discussed his future beyond this term, he’d love to experience playing at PO4 with the fans inside.

Daniels said: ‘Coming back to the south coast wasn’t necessarily the reason why I joined.

‘It was the stature of the club, they're pushing for promotion and I feel like I can add to the squad. Hopefully, I can help nudge them up there.

‘I feel good and I feel sharp. I feel fine and the running stats back that up as well.

‘Of course, I want another crack at the Championship. I want to play for as long as possible and as high as possible.

‘If I can get this club back into the Championship and then hopefully have the fans back next season then it’s a special place to be.

‘It is too early to say (whether he would get a new deal) but to get the fans back as soon as possible, they make it so special.

‘With the stadium they have and how close they are to the pitch, it’s an amazing place to play.’

Pompey's loss to Lincoln leaves them fifth in the League One table at the halfway stage.

However, Daniels reckons they the Blues are well poised in their bid to make a second-tier return.

He added: ‘You have to fancy Pompey for promotion because of the way they play and how many points they've got.

‘We are only halfway through the season. There is still a long way to go but it’s going to take hard work and dedication because of what’s on the line.

‘You can't win the league in January but you can certainly lose it.’

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